Monday, August 6, 2012

DIY Beverage Koozie Tutorial

My sister's bachelorette party was this weekend and even though I had a couple months to plan it, I decided on Wednesday that I wanted to make beer koozies for all the goodie bags (on top of making my cut out butter cookies). Too abitious? - as always.

So, Wednesday night, I started searching the internet for koozie tutorials, but was very dissapointed in the results. There were only a few tutorials and I didn't like any of the finished products.  So, I searched etsy and found a koozie that I liked. Based on the picture of the etsy koozie and one of the tutorials that I found I came up with my koozie.

The most important part of this koozie is the insul-bright fabric that is layered between the fabrics. I didn't know this fabric existed until Wednesday and I'm so excited to have found it. This keeps beverages hot or cold. The key to using this product is making sure the metalic part of the fabric faces the beverage. It will reflect the heat or cold and keep your drink well insulated.

I based the size of my koozie on a beer bottle, but there is about two inches of overlap, so if you want to make yours more versatile, you can place two rows of buttons so that you can use it for a bottle, can or as a coffee koozie.

Here is how i did it:

DIY Drink Koozie
Insul-Bright fabric- cut in a 4.5 x 10 inch strip
2 pieces of coordinating fabric cut 4.5 x 10 inches
2 buttons (or 4 if you want to make yours adjustable)
1 thin hair elastic (not the super thick one- the normal adult elastic)
coordinating thread

Take your outside fabrics and line them up right sides together.

Place the insul bright on top of the two pieces of fabric making sure to position the metallic side facing the inside of the koozie.

Cut the hair elastic in half making sure that the piece of elastic that is the weak part (where the elastic is fused together, is on the ends.

Pinch the two halves closed at the end. Position the two halves on one of the short sides of the rectangle with the loop in between the two outside fabric pieces and the ends  coming out the sides. 

Sew around the edges with a 1/2 inch seam, leaving a two inch opening on one side. When you sew over the hair elastics, back stitch over it and sew it again making sure the elastics are tightly secured.

Turn koozie right side out. Use the tip of a pair of scissors to poke out the corners of the koozie.

Pin the opening closed. Top stitch all around the koozie making sure to close the opening.

Place koozie on the bottle/cup you want it to wrap around and position the buttons so that the elastic needs to stretch a little, but not too much to keep it closed. Sew the two buttons to line up with the elastics.

And you have an adorable koozie that takes less than 30 minutes to make! You'll be the envy of your friends!

What type of beverage is your fave to wrap your koozie around? Currently, mine is Michelob Ultra Pomegranate Raspberry...YUM!


  1. This is sooo cute!! I can't wait to make it. Currently I am pregnant so my favorite drink is a nice big bottle of water. Speaking of bottles...this will also be a nice option for a baby bottle too! Can't wait to crack open a delicious mini bottle of Riesling in a few months with my adorable new koozie - thanks!

  2. I gotta say, I am in the mass koozie biz. but I really like that, am sure your peeps will too. (This came in on my Google Alerts)


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